Our Award: 4 Fringes
Produced by Speakeasy DC
by Ronnie Ruff
It’s Friday evening, I arrive home from a long day at the office, I was not sure I was ready for a show called Chocolate Jesus. What I witnessed however was something akin to Toastmasters on steroids — poignant, funny stories strengthened by honesty that had the audience roaring with laughter. Growing up with Catholicism in Argentina, children’s day camp for future Jewish activists, traveling fertility goddesses and coming out of the closet in the Bible Belt. Each story is a gem but Travis Wright who performs last is fabulous. He is performing on stage for the first time but you would never guess it after listening to him tell his sincere account of coming out to his bible thumping mom.
Speakeasy DC (the folks behind this funny stuff) have developed quite a following around town with their story telling cafe shows. Be sure to get your tickets for this one fast, the first two fringe performances of Chocolate Jesus have sold out. Get to 1409 Playbill a little early and try the meatloaf it goes well with chocolate.
Chocolate Jesus runs 1.5 hours with no intermission but allows you to take a spirited beverage to your seat. – perfect!